JESUS: The WORD Of God (What does it betoken?) Part 4

(Continued from the 3rd part…)

4)            John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and I make bold, with my firm understanding of this scripture, to asseverate that this is the beingness serving as the centrepiece of soteriological kerygma. The loss of human life, being rejuvenated, to the glory of His creative acumen, is presented as a gift to anyone who believes in the finished work of the cross! What is ‘resurrection’? It is the Greek anastasis (an-as’-tas-is) ‘1. a standing up again 2. (literally) a resurrection from death 3. (individual, genitive case or by implication) its author 4. (figuratively) a recovery or moral recovery of spiritual truth.’ The applied definite article ‘the’ makes Jesus the sole Author of anastasis! Zoe is the Greek for the noun ‘life.’ And to make it clear the true kind of life He meant, Jesus went on in the next verse: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this [John 11:26]?

                The lucidity of this verse is a perfect guarantee of Divinity: that salvation of a born-again person is incontrovertibly eternal. One word that proves this fact is the adverb, ‘never’ which has the definitions of ou me (ou may’), eis (eis) and aion (ai-own’); where ou me (ou may’) is ‘a double negative strengthening the denial, “not at all”;’ eis (eis), a preposition, means: ‘1. to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time 2. (figuratively) to or into a purpose (result, etc.) {also in adverbial phrases; Often used in composition with the same general import, but only with verbs (etc.) expressing motion (literally or figuratively)};’ and the third aion (ai-own’), a noun, ‘1. (properly) an age 2. (by extension) perpetuity (also past) 3. (by implication) the world 4. (specially, Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future).’ Put together, ou me eis aion means ‘not at all into perpetuity.’ Once saved is eternally saved.

The Lamb is the Saviour that taketh away the sins of the world. 

                Philippians 4:3 “And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.” Of a truth, it is not just enough to call yourself a Christian, you must, as a matter of fact, be more than a ‘yokefellow,’ the Greek of which is suzugos (sood’-zoo-gos) ‘1. yoked together, co-yoked 2. (figuratively, as noun) a colleague 3. (a proper name) Syzygus, a Christian;’ you must be a ‘true’ suzugos (which comes from –sun ‘with or together’ & zeugos (dzyoo`-gos) ’a couple’); –put together you have– suzeugnumi (sood-zyoog’-noo-mee) ‘1. to yoke together 2. (figuratively) conjoin (in marriage)’ Christian. The word ‘true’ is gnesios (gnay’-see-os) ‘legitimate (of birth), i.e. genuine.’ This is the reason why I have always asseverated that a true born again is eternally saved. No sin can reverse his new birth: it is from above, maintained from above forever. Amen!

Jesus, very God of very God. Amen.

                Jesus made a categorical statement in Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. God, by His omniscience faculty, knows those who will be in the Book of life as stated in Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.From the book of life comes the judgment; And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works [Rev. 20:12].

Hell: a phenomenal realism!

                And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire [Rev 20:15]. Revelation 21:27, And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life; is a clear indication that the grand Author of anastasis –Resurrection– is also the Owner of the Book of life. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book[Rev 22:19].    

               Get born again by saying this simple prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

(…to be continued…)

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SOTERIOLOGY MINUS JESUS [III]

“…all things were created by him, and for him:” [Colossians 1:16]

(…continued from part two…)


III) 2Corinthians 13:8 “For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.” The first word of this verse, ‘for’ is gar (ğar’), ‘a primary particle assigning a reason.’ The active ‘can do’ is the Greek word dunamai (d̮ï ’-na-mai). It means ‘to be able or possible.’ The word ‘nothing’ comes from an ou (ou): ‘no; not (with definite article); none; not the one; neither; nor;’ and tis (tiys’) –an interrogative pronoun—: ‘some or any person or object [enclitic indefinite pronoun].’ The word ‘truth’ is aletheia (a-lee’-thei-a): ‘truth, reality.’ The conjunction ‘but’ is alla (al-la’): ‘1. (properly) other things. 2. (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations).’ The second ‘for’ is a different huper (hï-per’), a preposition, in this context is: ‘(causal) on behalf (of); (by extension, rarely) concerning.’

The truth is a personage. It is the reality of Divinity. The Divinity is the Almighty Author of creationism. Nothing, absolutely, comes close to Him in power, authority, wisdom, supremacy and senescence. The physical personality of the truth comes to manifestation in John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The Greek for ‘way’ is hodos (ho-d̮os') ‘1. a road. 2. (by implication) a progress (the route, act or distance). 3. (figuratively) a mode or means.’ How can Jesus be the mode, means, road or the progression to the celestial bliss and not be very God of very God? As the ‘Truth’ (aletheia), Jesus is the physical ‘reality’ of Divinity. ‘Life,’ in this verse, is zoe: ‘God’s immortal kind of life.’  

“For God so loved the world…” John 3:16

Peterine kergma affirms soteriology in Acts 10:42-43 “And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. 43) To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” The noun ‘remission’ is the Greek aphesis (a’-fe-sis) ‘1. a removal. 2. (figuratively) a pardon, a release (from guilt and penalty).’ Almost all the prophets foretold the Messianic reality. Acts 26:22 says, “…prophets and Moses did say should come:” Isaiah 53:11 has, “…for he shall bear their iniquities.” Jeremiah 31:34 promises “…and I will remember their sin no more;” Daniel 9:24 ”…And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut of…”

The finger that wrote the 10 Commandments wrote on the ground to save

Part of Ezekiel 36:25-26 reads, “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness.” Micah 7:18, “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage…” Zechariah 13:1, “In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.” Malachi 4:2 “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings;…” (confer Luke 24:25-27; Luke 24:44-46; John 1:45; John 5:39; John 5:40; 1Pet 1:11; Rev 19:10).

“…and without him was not any thing made that was made” [John 1:3]

The Bible says, in John 3:36, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” What is ‘believeth’? It is pisteuo (piy-stev’-ō) ‘1. to trust (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e. credit. 2. (passively) to be convinced. 3. (also) to entrust (especially with one’s spiritual well-being to Christ).’ The auxiliary ‘hath’ is, echo (e’-chō) σχέω scheo (sche’-ō) [alternate form, certain tenses only]: ‘to hold (such as possession, ability, contiguity, relation, or condition).’ Belief in Christ gives you a possession. What possession?
‘Everlasting’ is aionios (ai-ō’-niy-os): ‘perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well);’ and ‘life’ is zoe (zō-ee’) ‘1. life†. (more than merely the present physical or natural life). 2. life-above.’ Belief in Christ puts in your possession, the eternal life of Jehovah. Praise the Lord!

Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say: 

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

(…to be concluded…)

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The Blood (I)

1)            Whether it is in the Hebraic dam (dawm) or the Greek aima (hah’-ee-mah) it means the same thing. It is the seat of life. The circulation of this crimson fluid keeps the life of the living entity alive on terra firma. The scriptural definition is: ‘blood (as that which when shed causes death) of man or an animal; by analogy the juice of the grape.’ Sin contaminated the blood of mankind, making his life unfit to stand before the thrice holy LORD God, the Almighty.                             

The soteriological formula finds its calculation in the blood. Arbitrariness has no footing in God’s creativity. The order of the Creator’s steps is of a calculating precision. He knew that Adam would drop the ball. His omniscience gave man two lives running on blood. The second life was to enable him to do a 180 degrees volte-face back (of second chance –alien even to celestial angels) to God in total repentance for the benignancy of God’s soteriology.

The New Blood Covenant at the Last Supper

               The blood receives its first mentioning here in Genesis 4:10, And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. There is, however, no doubt that a connotation of a bloody affair did take place in these verses, And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22) And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man [Genesis 2:21-22]. This shows a clear indication that God is quite interested in the affairs of humanity. His judgment upon erring intelligent beings of creationism will be tested in Adam.

                The head of the angelic beings, Lucifer, sinned once and remained an embodiment of error forever. Ostensibly, the head of the pre-Adamic principalities plunged all of them into the state of disembodied spirits –demons (on demons click this URL https://hoojewale.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/demonism-part-one …). When it came to Adam, the LORD God had to kill two animals, because they had no part in eternity. The animals, albeit soulish, they had not spirits to be regenerated for the Spirit of God’s habitation. Expendable lives, which cannot participate in celestial bliss, were sacrificed as covenantal witness to God’s soteriological intention. What a wise God!                                        

Blood sacrifices point to the ultimate Golgotha death on the cross

                Before the shedding of innocent animals’ blood, the innocent drops of Adamic crimson fluid had been received by the witnessing earth. “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof” [Gen 2:21]. On the indubitable account of blood related soteriology, in the spiritual emancipation of mankind, the bloody affair known of rib extraction must spill Adam’s innocent blood as well. Amen. A certain consanguinity was established when the innocent blood of the sacrificial animal met with the sinless blood of Adam and the rhema of, “Go and sin no more,” was applied to the life of the pristine family. The blood!                                                      

                  This is the first thing Noah did. “And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar” [Gen 8:20]. The sacrifice was pleasing to the LORD so much that it is quoted of Him in verse 21, “And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”

THE CLEANSING BLOOD!

                In the next chapter, a blessing followed the sacrifice in Genesis 9:9, “And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you:” –for the perfection of any sacrifice to God necessitates the draining of the blood of the object of oblation. It is the blood that atones for our spiritual derangement. Life for life. God is full of wisdom. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out” [Romans 11:33]! In His judgment of sin, God thundered, “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die” [Ezekiel 18:4]. Since the shed blood has atoned for the sin, thereby removing the curse, the eating of blood revokes divine atonement. Man, through Noah, received the right to make a gourmet of flesh, “But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat” [Gen 9:4]. One life, having been sniffed out for another life to be restored, to make a meal out of the sin stained fluid is quite pollutive.   

                Be cleansed of your sinful nature. Get born again. Say this prayer, believing it with all your heart:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now, in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him as my Lord and as my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen.

(…to be continued…)

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I WILL GIVE YOU REST [part two]

Who gave the Old Testament Job the spiritual and financial rest?

(2)          Our ultimate blissful rest simply rests in the bosom of the Adonai God. Our several years of satanic captivity yearns for the rest that the Divinity alone can provide. Psalm 116:7, “Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.” The psalmist, no doubt, has the deute (call of come) of Jesus in mind knowing fully well that Jesus is the Lord of eternal rest.

            It was His proper business to make this call. The oracular afflatus points this out in Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” The fact of Gentiles’ involvement proves its universality. The invitational all yedeute can only be extended from the Divinity. There are other verses to confer: Eccl 2:23; Rom 7:22-25 & Gal 5:1.

            Psalm 94:13 reads, “That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.” Who gives rest in this verse? He is found in the first verse, “O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself” [Psalm 94:1]. How could Jesus say, “…and I will give you rest”? He is the Lord God of the Old Testament. 2Thessalonians 1:7, “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,” and Hebrews 4:1 are good reference verses.

                Prior to Matthew 11:28 Jesus said “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him” in Matthew 11:27. This verse proves the Deity of Jesus, who, ergo, has the capability to bask mankind in the rest.

            ‘All things’ is the Greek pas (pas) meaning: ‘all, any, every, the whole.’ What is given into His hand is not few stuffs. Only God can containerise the wholeness of universal riches of creationism. ‘All,’ most definitely, does not exclude all the great men of history and of future endeavours. ‘No man’ is oudeis (oo-dice’) and it means: ‘not even one (man, woman or thing), that is, none, nobody, nothing.’ All religious founders of mammoth adherence and die hard fanaticism, philosophers of colossal strides and deified emperors; all of these do not know the Father.

                ‘Knoweth’ is epiginōskō (ep-ig-in-oce’-ko): ‘to become thoroughly acquainted with, to know thoroughly; to know accurately, know absolutely well.’ Christ, the fountain of all knowledge, is the only One who can achieve this impossible feat. It must take a celestial Deity to know another Deity. None can uncover the Father save the Son. The word ‘reveal,’ apokaluptō (ap-ok-al-oop’-to) means: ‘to take off the cover, that is, disclose.’ The Father is eternal. The Son must be eternal to have an absolute knowledge of the Father of lights. Jesus did not speak as a man when He said, “…and I will give you rest.” The Christ, who is the Second Member of the Godhead, made the pronouncement that can only be uttered by the Divinity. Amen!

Unto Jesus I surrender all!

          When the Lord Jesus made the asseverative pronouncement of Matthew 12:8, “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day;” He unveiled the deity of the Christ. Jesus reestablished the facticity of “Before Abraham was I AM!” The transcendentalism of His essence proves His authorship of time and, His epiginōskō (absolute knowledge) of the attendant history. Here in Matthew 12:8, His deity takes the Jews to the days of our pristine parents in the Garden of Eden.

The LORD of Sabbath comes from heaven

                How could He be the Lord of Sabbath and still be standing before them? This conundrum is resolved in the book of John. “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven” [John 3:13]. He did not say to them, “Son of man which was in heaven.” Jesus, as He stood before their very eyes, was simultaneously present in heaven and on the earth. How could His physical being be a manifestation on earth and in heaven even as He spoke with them? No angel can replicate his celestial corporeality anywhere else. Only God, who alone can achieve this feat, is the One who can give this celestial rest. Jesus promises the same rest. Come to Jesus all that are heavy laden. He will give you rest. Amen!

He died to offer you His rest

                Jesus will give you rest only if you will receive His life. Get born again. Say this simple prayer:

 “Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”    

(Concluded)

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HE IS IN FULL CONTROL (Part one)

1)            You may be an atheist, Buddhist, Hindustan, Islamist, Humanist, Judaist or a church going person. There may, also, be diverse thoughts concerning creation. What is certain is that One Personage did bring all that is in existence into being. Elements, compounds, structures, animalia and intelligent lives of beings were His creations.

            While, as the Bible teaches, the atheist is long lost in spirituality, and the Humanist is groping in abject deficiency in his spiritual connection with his Maker, other forms of religious affiliated ones ascribe creation to this Being as myopia allows. The Bible gives His name as JEHOVAH. He spoke face to face with Moses, the prophet and first leader of Israel. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven” [Exodus 17:14]. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel” [Exodus 34:27].

The Bible reveals in Exodus 33:11, “And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.” We also read from the Pentateuch in Deuteronomy 34:10, “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face:” to prove the creationism account of the Scripture to be true.

            God recreated the terra firma for mankind. “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men” [Psalm 115:16]. He gave him freedom. “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:” [Genesis 2:16]. This 16th verse is the biblical proof of Adamic free moral agency. Man’s dominion is not in question, albeit, the ultimate control was not in Adam’s hands. “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” [Genesis 2:17]. The Limiter is the One in full control. “Yes, dear son Adam, you have dominion, but to give you full control of your life will put you in an egregious jeopardy,” God probably mused in Adam’s ears.

The fall of the pristine parents

            And, drop the ball, Adam did. If he had been in full control of everything, the tempter would have assumed the role of ‘the winner takes all’ in the victory of his Pyrrhic and fugacious change of power. God made sure that the sinfulness of evil must occur in His earthly home, Garden of Eden. He has every right into His home. He, legally speaking, did not relinquish His ultimate control of terra firma to Adam by the codicil found in Genesis 2:17. Adam died spiritually. His wife died alongside his walking cadaver stance. The deceptive Lucifer had been billions of years dead –spiritually. Where were they? In God’s house. Remember 1Peter 4:17, about where God’s judgment should commence?

To save the earth from another cataclysm, the Living, sinless God had to manifest, to prove who is in absolute control. He did not only judge the wrong doers, He gave a calendar of salvation in His protevangelium of Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” In sending them away, for whom the earth was made, He established the fact of their dead situation. Death, as a matter of fact, is to be cut off from the presence of God. As more were born into the world, walking cadavers increased.

Adam lost the human glory

            We may not have the physical location of Eden again but that can never make Him lose control of the earth. Satan thought he had firm control, having executed a successful putsch against the dominion of Adam, and especially having, as his global priest, Cain, the very first born of Adam’s family. The Genesis 3:15 spoken word of God found a germination in Seth: for in his days men began to call upon the name of the Lord. God must save the world to prove His firm control so eight souls were the surviving evangelists of His coming.

                Again, the emergence of Nimrod gave Satan an impression of riding a huge stallion of victory not knowing that he was crawling on the back of a cockroach (a Pyrrhic victory)! Abraham took the word of God across the Euphrates. He saw the physical manifestation of Him in Genesis 18; why not? Abraham was a bona fide friend of God. He passed the baton to Isaac, who needed not see the physical manifestation of the LORD God.

worthy

                Man has always been a bad manager of his life. Let God be in control of your life for proper management. Get born again. Say this prayer, meaning it:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”    

(…to be continued…)

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Righteousness (2)

”…took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

2)            The Spirit of God no doubt led Paul into a future erroneous didacticism when he lashed at his converts with, “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2) This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3) Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh” [Galatians 3:1-3]?

Desiderius Erasmus

                Armed with the influence of Desiderius Erasmus (1469-1536) and Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560) –Humanists, who were also church going teachers of Bible–, a man called Jacobus Arminius (1560-1609) taught ‘conditional predestination’ to lay the foundation for Arminianism, made global by his friends, called The Remonstrance, after his death. The Remonstrance issued a five doctrinal points known as Arminianism. The fifth teaches that having been “incorporated into Christ by true faith,” Christ “keeps them from falling” only if they continue to believe. Their cautious implication is that if a person does not continue to cooperate with Christ he will become “devoid of (saving) grace.” In scriptural honesty, I do not know of any verse that supports this fifth point of Arminianism. You can either be a Bible believing Christian or a follower of Arminianism. Selah!

                “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” [2Corinthians 5:21]. Our righteousness is resident in Him, the Holy One of Israel. The word ‘righteousness’ is dikaiosunē (dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay). From Thayer Definition it is: ‘in a broad sense, state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God.’ Strong’s Definition has this: ‘equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification.’

                We have in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Our sinful nature, because it happens to be what we are innately guilty of, attracts the ‘wage’ of ‘death.’ We get paid for our wrongdoings. When it comes to ‘righteousness,’ however, it is not of our toil. Jesus toiled for it, so we can only be a recipient of it through the Divine generosity of being a ‘gift.’ A gift is not an original ownership of the recipient. ‘Gift’ of the above verse is charisma (khar’-is-mah): ‘1. a (divine) gratuity, i.e. deliverance (from danger or passion) 2. (specially), a (spiritual) endowment 3. (subjectively) religious qualification 4. (objectively) miraculous faculty.’ The Greek charisma comes from charizomai (khar-id’-zom-ai) ‘to grant as a favor, i.e. gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue.’ Grace, as we understand it, is an unmerited favour.

                The spiritual rebirth of our celestial regeneration that leads to our righteousness is brought to pellucid understanding in Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9) Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. The word ‘grace’ is charis (khar’-ece): ‘1. graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act 2. (especially) the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life 3. (also) gratitude.’ A different ‘gift’ in verse 8 is the Greek doron (do`-ron), which means: ‘a present, specially, a sacrifice.’ In verse 9 there is ‘works’ which in Greek is ergon (er’-gon): ‘1. toil (as an effort or occupation) 2. (by implication) an act.’ Kauchaomai (kau-khah’-om-ai) is the Greek for ‘boast’ and means: ‘to vaunt {in a good or a bad sense}.’ Now, the word ‘walk’ of the 10th verse is an interesting peripateo (per-ee-pat-eh’-o): ‘1. to tread all around, i.e. walk at large (especially as proof of ability) 2. (figuratively) to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary).’ Peripateo comes from peri (per-ee’) and pateo. Peri means ‘1. (properly) through (all over), i.e. around 2. (figuratively) with respect to’ and pateo (pat-eh’-o), ‘to trample {literally or figuratively},’ comes from a derivative meaning a “path.”

Righteousness is a gift from Jesus

                Not of pious toils of the believer’s faith, but by the graciousness of the Divine influence upon the heart of the believer is the submission of verse eight of the 2nd chapter of Ephesians. There is not even any room for righteous boasting. Extravagant self-praise is what the scripture views of it. This ‘walk’ of the 10th verse reminds me of Enoch’s. That walk and this one in this 10th verse is nothing short of ‘a lifestyle.’ The Hebrew ‘walk,’ halak means ‘lifestyle.’ Our righteousness is, ergo, an interpretation of the righteousness of Christ, in which we are wrapped. A lifestyle that points at the Lord Jesus. Amen.  

                You can put on the righteousness of Jesus by getting born again. Say this simple prayer, meaning it from your heart:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

(…to be continued…)

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Righteousness (1)

The LORD Jesus, our righteousness.

1)            Led, avidly, by Pastor W.F. Kumuyi, founder and the General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church, many other churches treat righteousness and holiness as the two-in-one vehicle that takes one to heaven, making it the main Christian focal point. Huge mistake. Jesus is the knowledge and deed that opens the gates of heaven, leading to eternal peace. The scriptural understanding of these churches is that you must continue to lead a personal righteous and life of holiness to gain entrance into heavenly bliss. What, therefore, is righteousness? What is holiness? How are these dyadic virtues of Divinity attainable?

            “By the things we constantly do,” the General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor W.F. Kumuyi, will most definitely asseverate. This is the clearest indication of the fact that it is by works. Works? Nay! Let us understand how righteousness is attained from the Pauline extrapolative didacticism of Romans 4:2-4, 2) “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3) For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4) Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.” The word ‘righteousness’ is dikaiosunē which is ‘justification’, by definition. Abraham received ‘justification’ by faith and not by works. Is it not a scriptural foregone conclusiveness of Isaiah 64:6 that ‘all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags’? The Hebrew for ‘righteousnesses’ is tsedâqâh (tsed-aw-kaw’) ‘rightness (abstractly), subjectively (rectitude), objectively (justice), morally (virtue) or figuratively (prosperity).’ The legality of the terms and conditions of one’s justification before the thrice holy Jehovah is the application of faith.

                If it is by works, then, God has entered into indebtedness soteriologically speaking. Will God owe anyone? The Divinity does not owe anybody, can never owe anybody. Soteriology is strictly by faith, lest any should boast. Amen.

            If the Lord, who is ‘our righteousness’ in Jeremiah 23:6, is also ‘our life’ in Colossians 3:4, then my total exclusion in the acquired toga of righteousness is clearly stated in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Paul drives it home, crossing every ‘t’ and dotting every ‘i’ in the next verse, “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:21). ‘Frustrate’ is the Greek atheteō (ath-et-eh’-o): ‘to set aside, that is, (by implication) to disesteem, neutralize or violate.’ The grace of God is the active ingredient that makes each one of our salvation, justification and sanctification a possibility. Righteousness comes with the total package of salvation. It is an inherent nature of the saved individual. It is not earned, it is an imputation.

God’s wondrous works

                Zacharias pointed out the necessary outwardness of our piety, saying: “In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life” [Luke 1:75]. The reason for this show of the inherent ‘righteousness’ is simply that it is our duty to interpret righteousness for the beneficial digestion of what we are to their blind ocular perception. Our Christian lives are interpretation of the righteousness of Christ, our Dwelling. In Greek the word ‘holiness’ is hosiotēs (hos-ee-ot’-ace) ‘piety towards God, fidelity in observing the obligations of piety, holiness.’ From the heathen, with whom God had no spiritual transaction of any covenant, God expected no piety. To the Israel of His covenant, even before the parturition of the patriarchal twelve, God said, “….Be ye holy; for I am holy” [1Peter 1:16]; taken from Leviticus 11:44. God was careful not to say it to the Egyptian, Roman, Indian or Chinese. Only to one nation of Israel He had the covenant, ergo, Paul will often write, “First to the Jew then to the Gentiles.”

This cup is the New Testament in my blood

                Soteriological attainment had to be modified by the original enactor when Jesus intimated, “the new covenant…” in Luke 22:20, “Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” The Greek for ‘testament’ is diathēkē (dee-ath-ay’-kay): ‘properly a disposition, that is, (specifically) a contract (especially a devisory will); a compact, a covenant.’ The Greek diathēkē comes from diatithemai (dee-at-ith’-em-ahee) Thayer Definition: ‘1. to arrange, dispose of, one’s own affairs a. of something that belongs to one b. to dispose of by will, make a testament 2. to make a covenant, enter into a covenant, with one.’Strong’s Definition: ‘to put apart, that is, (figuratively) dispose (by assignment, compact or bequest).’ Man’s pious ritualism will not attain soteriology. If it had become God’s business, then it must be understood that only the Members of the Trinity are involved in the establishment, execution and maintenance of soteriological grace. “By grace; through faith, it says, not of work lest any man should boast” [Ephesians 2:8-9]. ‘Lest’ is the Greek hina me (hin’-ah may’) ‘in order (or so) that not.’ ‘Any man’ is tis (tis’) ‘some or any person or object;’ and ‘should boast’ is kauchaomai (kau-khah’-om-ai) ‘to vaunt.’

                You can put on the righteousness of Jesus by getting born again. Say this simple prayer, meaning it from your heart:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

(…to be continued…)

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THE NEW SPIRITUAL SPECIES (one)

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 “…having forgiven you all trespasses…” Colossians 2:13

            Of what stunt am I expected to pull to perfect the finished toil of God as pertaining to the salvation of man? Being told of an engagement in a life-long work of morality to maintain my spiritual regeneration, doubtless, makes me the consummator of my salvation. The Christian soteriological stance is of eternal consequence (John 3:15, 16; 10:28). Do I have the capacity to containerise the essence of divine soteriology? Does theology imbue regeneracy with the power of sustenance, thereby, keeping my salvation as new as when the Author of salvation rose from the dead for my justification? What elbow grease can any Christian consummate to save himself from losing his spiritual regeneration? Having paid in full when He said, “It is finished,” how much am I still owing?  Selah!

           What did God do? He sowed Jesus as a seed faith to serve as the Divine mechanism for the regeneration of fallen Adam. Of course, Adam sinned to turn the perfection of day number six (where God said “very good” compared to “good” of days one to the fifth) into imperfection of mankind. All fell in Adam: the reason for a continual oblational act of exculpation. Then appeared Jesus. He died; the Just One. He rose to save all who would come to Him. Humanity perished in Adam, who could not save even himself. Jesus, on the other hand, rose to save, as the last Adam, and eternally too. The key of life is now in His divine hand. All Jesus had to do was to commit just one sin to plunge us back into hell bound sin. I thank God for His wisdom. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out” [Romans 11:33]!

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            The germination of Jesus bore fruits. They are called Christians -the new species of the creativity of Jehovah. Is there any crop that builds a silo for itself? Is it not the farmer who puts the valuable fruitfulness into the preserving silo? Jesus is the vine -the true vine. God the Father is the Husbandman who places the regenerated new species of creation into Christ, the Eternal Son, in whom is life -life eternal. As no man can save himself, no man can, as well, maintain this newness of spiritual life in Christ Jesus, who is the Author and Finisher of the saving faith. Amen!

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          Colossians chapter two is quite informative in this regard. Let us look at verse 13 which reads, “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” The word ‘dead’ is nekros (nek-ros’): ‘From an apparently primary word νέκυς nekus (a corpse); dead (literally or figuratively.’ The next word ‘in,’ is en (en): ‘a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state).’ ‘Sins’ is paraptōma (par-ap’-to-mah): ‘a side slip (lapse or deviation), that is, (unintentional) error or (wilful) transgression.’ Then we have ‘quickened together’ suzōopoieō (sood-zo-op-oy-eh’-o): ‘to reanimate conjointly with (figuratively).’ The word ‘with’ which is sun (soon) is ‘A primary preposition denoting union; with or together [but much closer than meta (met-ah’) denoting accompaniment; “amid” (local or causal) after, behind; or para (par-ah’) ‘from, of, at, by, besides, near], ‘that is, by association, companionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition, etc.’ Charizomai (khar-id’-zom-ahee) is the Greek for ‘forgiven’ and it is defined as: ‘to grant as a favor, that is, gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue.’ We have ‘all’ which is pas (pas): ‘any, every, the whole.’ The word ‘trespasses’ is the same as the above paraptōma.

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 He is risen! Forgiven forever!

            From the definitions above, the natural man’s deadness has its locational state in sinfulness. Mankind, in his Adamic nature, is nothing but a walking cadaver. Now, for the gentile nation of Colosse, which had no partaking of the Divine circumcision treaty, they were ‘doubly dead.’ Having agreed with the sooth of John 3:3 “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God;” and had gone ahead with its Romans 10:9-10 actuation, a miracle which only God could perform occurred. His rise from the dead had established a reanimation of believing souls! Christ Jesus happens to be an eternal Being. From that eternity past the Trinity had resolved to save the Adamic race.

                Get born again and be counted among the new species of humanity, say this prayer with all your heart and meaning it:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”     

  (…to be continued…)

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TRINITY OF THE GODHEAD (6)

  Only God has the power to lay it down, and the power to take it again!

Dangers of non-Trinitarian operation

                There will be no forgiveness. The first case of forgiveness is found in Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. The One who steps out of the Trinity in corporeality of the Godhead, Christ, the Second Member of the Godhead, in His pre-incarnation manifestation, covered the pristine couple with the sin cleansing skin of the sacrificial animals, in the Garden of Eden.

                Non-forgiveness of every sinful act will lead to an outright condemnation and total annihilation of humanity. Creation gets to be prevented from experiencing the Creator’s pardoning Spirit. Man will be deprived of the service of a Savior. It is bound to culminate in a no-salvation.  

  The One of the 3rd Heaven throne sits in the Holy of Holies

               A Judge of no compassion: that is what Jehovah will be. God cannot be the Judge and the Solicitor; and anyone who must stand before God in mediation must be of Divinity. Only God knows what to say to appeal to His judgment. Through Jesus, who alone knows the divine mind of the Judging God (the Father), the sanguification, serving as the justification of born again ones, is presented as a verifying exhibit in the celestial assizes. Without the installation of Plurality in the Godhead, it would have been impossible to get anyone sanctified enough to take a judicial stand before Jehovah. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” [1Timothy 2:5].

   JEHOVAH ‘ELOHIYM IS ONE GOD

                There cannot be four, two or a thousand of THEM: in the Godhead. Whoever thinks there are more or less than three should come with the proof of Scripture. “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” [1John 5:7]. The word ‘one’ is heis (heis`) in the Greek, meaning: ‘a neuter ‘one’ implying one in all things: essence, power, majesty, knowledge.’ Hebrews 12:24 reads, “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” The book of 1Peter 1:2 does strike the cord of the Divine accord found in the Trinity. It reads, “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.” There, most certainly, would not have been any Divine Mediation without the instauration carried out by the Trinity, through which we become recipients of the soteriological grace of the Most High. Amen!   

DO YOU!?

                Revelation 5:6, “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” I culled the following from JFB Commentary on this verse: “seven eyes . . . the seven Spirits . . . sent forth—So one oldest manuscript, A. But B reads, “being sent forth.” As the seven lamps before the throne represent the Spirit of God immanent in the Godhead, so the seven eyes of the Lamb represent the same sevenfold Spirit profluent from the incarnate Redeemer in His world-wide energy.” 

And the Lamb is the light thereof (Rev. 21:23).

                “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof” [Rev 21:23]. You may ask, “Where’s the Holy Spirit in this project of global illumination?” Remember He is there in the throne-room as the seven (speaks of perfection) lamps of fire. In Revelation 4:2, the One who sits in Majesty in the heavenly assizes is the very One who must be the Occupant of the Divine Seat of the Holy of Holies, in the Jerusalem temple, to receive worship due to Jehovah! Amen!

Do not forget in a hurry that He (the Holy Spirit) dwells in us to make us Godlike cum God carriers. Amen.

(…to be concluded…)

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PROOF OF POWER (1)

  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

(1)          Power –the influential reaction to a situation or on an entity. What is an influence? It is an exertion or exaction of mental or physical energy. The account of Genesis 1:1 required great strength of sheer power. Jeremiah 27:5 tells us, I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me. Other verses of note are: Jeremiah 10:11; 10:12; 32:17; & 51:15. Creationism is the proof of God’s power.

                 Going by the chronological order involving catastrophe of the situational understanding of Genesis 1:2, does the episodic script of this cataclysm indict God’s supreme Almightiness?    

  “And God said …,” ten times, undefeated.

                Genesis 2:17, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” This is an attestation of man’s free moral agency. As the ‘ĕlôhı̂ym (el-o-heem’), the LORD God is a Judge, hence, a God of legality. Lucifer, having incurred the wrath of God’s judgment upon the atrocious sinfulness of the fictile inhabitants of that old world, remained trapped together with them, imprisoned in an absolute cataclysmic waste and darkness. So, when we read, in the 2nd verse of Genesis chapter 1, “….And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters;” it is indicative of HIS readiness to prove that the One who destroyed can also bring the perfection of Adamic couple into being on the same terra firma of old.                                                        

  HE is the ALMIGHTY

                Ten times in Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26, 28 & 29 the Bible records “And God said…” And ten times it was incontestably so. That was power. Creationism recorded another perfection in Adam and the Eden home. God did not stop them from sinning. The Creator, King and God is also the seated Judge, in the celestial assizes. Adjudication in every intelligent act of creation must come before Him who was, is, and is to come. Amen. At the ultimate cup fullness of man’s iniquitous ways, only eight souls passed the spiritual test of righteousness. HIS miraculous power was again put to test.                                                                    

                The head of the surviving family of eight was aptly named Noah for a good reason. His sons, Shem, Japheth and Ham wore the toga of these sobriquets not for the fun of it. None of the four women’s name was revealed, interestingly.                                                                                               

Noah, whose name means ‘rest,’ is prophetic of God’s children who will receive His rest. Shem, ‘name or fame’ is a pointer to the fame which Israel, the progeny of Shem, will bring to the holy name of Jehovah and His beneficence to humanity. Japheth has the definition of ‘enlargement.’ The word of God will receive enlargement. ‘Warm or hot’ defines Ham. The word of God will be characterized by a fervour of intensity. All these point to none other than the Church! For the Church, He must prove the power of His saving grace. Amen!                                                                                                                                                        

 THIS IS THE SAME FINGER THAT ETCHED OUT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

                Israel, through Shem, preached Jesus, the Word of God, for the salvation of man. Europe is the descendant of Japheth, which spread the Word of the Church of God across the globe. Ham is the progenitor of Africa. Africa, in these last days, is hottest for the propagation of the Kingdom of the soon coming King.  The unknown names of the women represent the Church, “….which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:” [Ephesians 3:9] confer verses 3-12.                                                                                                                                                                                   

                The miracle of His power protected the ark from being submerged by the fury of an unprecedented great, annihilating, Deluge. ‘Ark,’ in Hebrew is têbâh (tay-baw’), a feminine noun, which means: ‘a box i.e. a treasure.’ It is quite imperative to prove the efficacy of His power in protection of the Church He had had fellowship with since the Eden days when He was always ‘heard walking in the cool’ of innocent ‘days’ of sin-free periods. The femineity of the ark is a proof of the fact that the Church is a treasured property of His Divinity, and that, I tell you, is ponderous!  

(…to be continued…)

 WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

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